2013's Hardest Companies to Interview for

Olivia Clifford |

With more Americans than ever jumping into the job market and desperately seeking positions at many notorious accredited companies and firms, it has become harder than ever to make through the seemingly simple process of job interviews. As thousands of people are applying for the same two or three spots at firms across the country, it is no wonder the interview and application processes have gotten harder and more stringent.

The companies now have the ability to weed out more and more people and ask the tougher questions. Though most people would assume that the biggest name corporations such as Amazon, Google or Apple would be some of the hardest interviews, according to the study done by Glassdoor.com, it's actually the smaller, low-profile niche companies that are the hardest to interview for. They are the companies that require specialized knowledge and are not afraid to push you to make sure that you are fully aware of their market. 

A lot of the rigor of many of the interviews comes from the multiple interview process. There are many companies that start their interview process over the phone. They then progress to a series of remote and then in-person interviews. One of the hardest part of surviving the interviews is that at any point in time, even if you were quite successful in previous interviews, you could be cut for one wrong answer.

This brings us to the second hump to get over: the brain teasers, technical questions and case-study analysis questions that are a large portion of the interviews. Some of the toughest interview questions that have been published from different reputable companies can range anywhere from, “What kind of people do you dislike the most?” to “Try to estimate the revenue from sales of tickets at the 2012 Olympics?”

According to the survey done by Glassdoor.com, which is an online database that compiles salary, position and company information for job seekers, below are the top 10 hardest jobs to interview for in 2013. 

1. McKinsey & Co. 

They are a consulting firm that it primarily located in New York, New York and their interview difficulty rating was a 3.9 out of 4. 

2. Jane Street Capital

They are a investment banking firm that it primarily located in New York, New York and their interview difficulty rating was a 3.7 out of 4. 

3. Cree

They are a display components firm that it primarily located in Durham, North Carolina and their interview difficulty rating was a 3.7 out of 4. 

4. Bain & Co.

They are a consulting firm that it primarily located in Boston, Massachusetts and their interview difficulty rating was a 3.6 out of 4. 

5. Boston Consulting 

They are a consulting firm that it primarily located in Boston, Massachusetts and their interview difficulty rating was a 3.9 out of 4. 

6. Palantir Technologies

They are a enterprise application integration software firm that it primarily located in Palo Alto, California and their interview difficulty rating was a 3.5 out of 4. 

7.Teach for America

They are an education placement company that it primarily located in New York, New York and their interview difficulty rating was a 3.5 out of 4. 

8. A.T. Kearney 

They are a consulting firm that it primarily located in Chicago, Illinois and their interview difficulty rating was a 3.5 out of 4. 

9. Red Ventures

They are a direct marketing services firm that it primarily located in Indian Land, South Carolina and their interview difficulty rating was a 3.5 out of 4. 

10. BP

They are a oil and gas refining, marketing and distribution firm that it primarily located in London, United Kingdom and their interview difficulty rating was a 3.5 out of 4. 

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